Combating Unplanned Retail Absence

This post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute. During the holiday shopping season, retailers are more dependent than ever on their workers as they service harried customers.  If those customers are venturing into stores rather than shopping online, they expect to find staff who are available, willing and able to … Continue reading Combating Unplanned Retail Absence

Corrosive Effects of Unplanned Absenteeism on Retailers

Today's post is submitted by Joyce Maroney, executive director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos. According to a recent survey of 800 retail managers across multiple countries we conducted with our research partner Coleman Parkes,  for every 10 hours of in-store labor budgeted, more than one hour is wasted due to staffing misalignment caused by … Continue reading Corrosive Effects of Unplanned Absenteeism on Retailers

Employee Burnout & Fatigue – Tweet Chat Highlights

We had a very engaging tweet chat today regarding employee burnout and fatigue in the workplace. A number of thought leaders weighed in on how burnout affects employees and their employers; best practices on how to help prevent employee burnout/fatigue; how technology plays a role; and more. You can view the entire tweet chat below … Continue reading Employee Burnout & Fatigue – Tweet Chat Highlights

10 Tips for Managing Summer Absenteeism (World Cup Anyone?)

Today, Team USA lost to Germany in the World Cup, but still advances to the knockout round.  Whether the US advances any further remains to be seen, but lots of employees worldwide will continue to follow these matches with interest, including during work hours. Employers will ignore the potential workplace disruption of the World Cup … Continue reading 10 Tips for Managing Summer Absenteeism (World Cup Anyone?)

Thank You, Red Sox, For An Easy Commute This Morning!

Boston is awash in Red Sox fever today after last night's stunning win at Fenway.  My colleagues and I are remarking on how light the traffic was this morning coming in to work.  The sports hooky survey we did last year indicates that 11% of Americans will admit to having skipped work to watch a … Continue reading Thank You, Red Sox, For An Easy Commute This Morning!

March Malaise

Though I possess no sports fan genes whatsoever, even I know we're in the midst of March Madness.  Everybody's making their picks and excited about the outcome of the tournament.  (Is that what you even call it?) I, on the other hand, am struggling with March Malaise.  The snow and rain just keep coming.  You've … Continue reading March Malaise

Over 53% Hourly Workers Go To Work When They're Sick

The flu pandemic continues to be a hot topic with devastating economic impacts according to Reuters.  When I was stricken recently, I benefited from paid sick time during the several days I was too sick to work and telecommuting as I recovered. For many workers, though, there is no paid sick time.  In the US, … Continue reading Over 53% Hourly Workers Go To Work When They're Sick

Snowpocalypse Nemo and the Quest for Brigham’s Vanilla

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am taking this blizzard seriously.  The picture on the right was taken in my hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts in the aftermath of the blizzard of '78.  A lot of people lost homes or had significant property damage. My two siblings and I were all home … Continue reading Snowpocalypse Nemo and the Quest for Brigham’s Vanilla

Guest Blog Post from #hrbartender – Absenteeism is a Global Business Problem

Today's guest post is courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby, The HR Bartender.  I met Sharlyn at KronosWorks last week in Las Vegas, where we had the opportunity to get to know each other a bit.  As Sharlyn notes below, and we've written about before, absenteeism is a significant and costly business issue around the globe. During … Continue reading Guest Blog Post from #hrbartender – Absenteeism is a Global Business Problem

Road Wage – Calling in Sick (of Commuting)

Today's cartoon highlights a finding from our latest survey regarding American workers who commute - 4% of whom indicate they've called in sick in order to avoid the rigors of their commute.  For many more survey respondents (48%), their commute has a significant impact on their job satisfaction. So what are employers supposed to do … Continue reading Road Wage – Calling in Sick (of Commuting)